RIP Tinkerbell: Paris Hilton's Chihuahua Dies at 14 From Old Age

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Paris Hilton's beloved teacup Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, has passed away at the age of 72 (in dog years).

The socialite announced news of the pup's death on social media Tuesday, dedicating her accounts to the memory of the tiny dog, who rose to fame with her after appearing on her former reality show The Simple Life for the first time in 2003.

"My heart is broken. I am so sad & devastated. After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age," Paris wrote on Instagram, alongside a shot of the two of them cuddling. "I feel like I've lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can't believe she's gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten. #RIPTinkerbell."

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After appearing on "The Simple Life," Tinkerbell became a fixture on red carpets and other public appearances with Paris, always dressed up in adorable outfits. "Thank you for all so much for your kind words & condolences," Paris continued in another Instagram post. "It's really helping me through this very sad & painful time. It feels good to know that Tinkerbell was loved by all &touched the lives of so many. She is truly missed. Thank you again. Love you all ‪#RIPTinkerbell."

During her life, Tinkerbell sat front row at fashion shows and made appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show, among many others. According to TMZ, Paris was inspired to get a Chihuahua after watching the movie Legally Blonde, and bought the pup from an online breeding company in 2002.

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